Candles Policy

Flame Candles

Candles that can be lit are not allowed on the River Campus or in any University-owned residential building.

Use of Candles in the Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary

Candles can only be used during religious worship when the worship is led by a recognized and chapel-affiliated religious leader. Eucharistic candles, unity candles for weddings, Shabbat candles, and havdalah candles are permitted under the supervision of Interfaith Chapel chaplains or religious leaders. Oil lamps and incense sticks can be used for religious rituals under the supervision of a recognized and chapel-affiliated religious group leader. When vigils are held, electric tea lights can be used by those attending the vigil.

Battery-Operated Candles

To reserve the battery-operated candles in Wilson Commons, please submit a request using the online WCSA Request Form.

All battery-operated candle requests are to be submitted at least five business days prior to the start of the requested reservation date. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. An email will be sent to the individual who submitted the initial request either approving or denying the request depending on if it can be accommodated. Please be aware that groups are not guaranteed use of the battery-operated candles.

There is a $1 rental fee per candle per event. Any damaged or lost candles during the reservation will incur a $5 replacement fee.

The battery-operated candles must be picked up at the Common Connection after 9 a.m. and returned before 10 p.m.

The group must notify the assistant director of Wilson Commons at least 24 hours in advance if the candles will not be used on a particular day or if the group intends to cancel the rental in its entirety. Otherwise, the rental agreement will be considered null and the group's rental privileges for the remainder of the semester will be suspended.